What was first shaping up as a runaway race for the Garden Grove League crown is now looking more like a three-way battle for the GGL baseball pennant.
Garden Grove won its ninth game in 10 starts Tuesday with an 8-0 rout of Rancho Alamitos, putting them both into a 3-1 record in league.
Santiago (4-0) moved alone into first place in the GGL thanks to a 5-1 win over Los Amigos.
Also on Tuesday, Western lost 7-0 to Valencia and Pacifica 4-3 to Tustin, both in Empire League play. In the Golden West League, Orange slammed Ocean View 10-2 and Loara edged Westminster 4-3.
Magnolia suffered a 14-2 defeat to Katella in the Orange League.
Last Friday, Garden Grove – which had won eight games mostly by blowouts – was stunned by Santiago.
The Cavaliers edged the Argos 2-1, largely thanks to a standout pitching performance by Johnny Ontiveros, who held Grove to just five hits over seven innings.
Rancho Alamitos’ 3-2 win over La Quinta created a tie at the top between the Cavaliers and the Vaqueros that was broken Tuesday with wins by Grove and Santiago.
Westminster (7-3), meanwhile, took a strong position in the Golden West League with a 5-3 win over Ocean View.
In softball on Tuesday, Pacifica crushed Tustin 18-0 while Western fell 8-3 to Valencia in Empire play.
In non-league contests, La Quinta blasted Oxford Academy 9-0 and Santa Ana powered past Los Amigos 12-2.
On Monday, the Mariners split a pair of non-league games with Aliso Nigue, winning 14-0, then falling 2-0.
Saturday’s softball action saw Orange edge Godinez 11-10, when fall 7-4 to Mira Costa.